Quarantine-free travel from Niue to New Zealand

You can travel from Niue to New Zealand without having to go into a managed isolation facility.

Quarantine-free travel information in Niuean

Information in Niuean about quarantine-free travel from Niue to New Zealand.

Fenoga nakai nofo puipui mai Niue ki Niu Silani | Quarantine-free travel from Niue to New Zealand

What is quarantine-free travel

You can travel from Niue to New Zealand without having to go into a managed isolation facility when you arrive. This is called quarantine-free travel.

Currently, quarantine-free travel is only available one way, from Niue to New Zealand. The Government is preparing for quarantine-free travel from New Zealand to Niue, but there is no date for this yet.

Quarantine-free travel is available by air only.

Who can travel quarantine free to New Zealand

If you're travelling quarantine free from Niue to New Zealand, normal immigration rules apply.

Most travellers from Niue are likely to be New Zealand citizens, who do not need a visa or New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA).

If you need a visa to enter New Zealand, you will need to apply for one.

If you already have a valid visa or NZeTA, you do not need to apply for a new one.

Apply for a visa or NZeTA (external link)

If you want to travel onwards to another international destination

If you travel from Niue to New Zealand and you want to continue your journey beyond New Zealand, you will need to check the entry requirements of your onwards destination.

Currently, quarantine-free travel is also available from the Cook Islands and Australia to New Zealand. However, this does not mean there is a "travel bubble" between New Zealand, Niue, Australia and the Cook Islands.

If you want to travel from Niue to the Cook Islands by transiting through New Zealand, you will have to stay in New Zealand for 14 days before you can travel onwards to the Cook Islands, and you have to be eligible to travel there.

Travelling on to Australia

You could travel from New Zealand to Australia without needing to quarantine there if you have been in New Zealand for 14 days or more.

You will have to check what you need to do before you travel. Some states or territories may still require you to quarantine when you arrive.

You will need to complete an Australia Travel Declaration at least 72 hours before you depart for Australia.

Make sure you check the requirements you need to meet with the Australian Government and with your airline. These can change at short notice.

Guidance on travelling from New Zealand to Australia (external link)

You must meet some conditions

If you’re in Niue and want to travel to New Zealand quarantine free, you must meet the following conditions:

  • You have not been overseas outside of Niue and New Zealand in the past 14 days.
  • You have not had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case within the past 14 days.
  • You must maintain 2 metres physical distance (as much as possible) from anyone in the New Zealand airport who did not arrive from Niue.
  • You must wear a face covering while in the airport in New Zealand.
  • There are no reasonable grounds, as determined by a suitably qualified health practitioner, to suspect you may have COVID-19. This may include:
    • having had contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days
    • having any COVID-19 symptoms, and
    • waiting for a COVID-19 test result.

What to expect when travelling to New Zealand

At Niue International Airport

Departures from Niue International Airport will be similar to how they have been operating recently, including having a pre-departure health check.

You are encouraged to wear a face covering at the airport.

During your flight

You will get information about using the NZ COVID Tracer app, when to wear face coverings, practising good hygiene and what to do if you feel unwell while in New Zealand.

At Auckland International Airport

You will be asked some health questions on your passenger arrival card.

New Zealand officials will do random temperature checks on arrivals from Niue.

If you feel unwell before or during your flight to New Zealand

If you feel unwell at Niue International Airport, a health professional will assess you. They will advise the airline whether you should travel. Airlines can refuse to board unwell travellers if they need to.

If you feel unwell during your flight to New Zealand, normal ‘sick’ traveller protocols will apply. A health professional will assess you when you arrive in New Zealand. If you have COVID-19 symptoms, you and your travelling companions may need to go into a quarantine facility for 14 days.

If you feel unwell during your stay in New Zealand, stay where you are and call Healthline on 0800 611 116 for advice.

How Niue travellers are kept separate from people arriving from other countries

Auckland International Airport uses a Safe Travel Path to make sure arrivals from Niue do not come into contact with arrivals from other countries.

The Safe Travel Path gives Niue arrivals exclusive use of the international terminal for 3 hours. No other flights will arrive 90 minutes either side of scheduled arrivals from Niue.

All parts of the Safe Travel Path are deep cleaned before being used by arrivals from Niue.

You will be escorted off your plane, and you will follow a dedicated path through the terminal. This path will be clearly marked.

You will use dedicated border processing lanes, baggage claim carousels and baggage trolleys. These will be blocked off when not being used by Niue arrivals.

The public arrivals hall will have barriers blocking off exits used by arrivals going into managed isolation facilities.

Have a plan if your travel is disrupted

You will be responsible for managing any travel disruption due to COVID-19. You should have a plan for what to do if your return to Niue is delayed. 

What to do when you arrive in New Zealand

If you’re travelling to New Zealand quarantine free from Niue, there are a few things you need to do to keep yourself and others safe from COVID-19.

Practise good hygiene

Wash your hands often with soap, or use hand sanitiser. Cough and sneeze into your elbow.

Keep track of where you’ve been

Keep track of your movements so we can let you know if there has been an outbreak of COVID-19 where you have been.

Download and use the NZ COVID Tracer app

Download and use the NZ COVID Tracer app so we can let you know if there has been an outbreak where you have been.

All businesses and services in New Zealand have to display a QR code. Use the NZ COVID Tracer app to scan the QR code and keep an electronic record of everywhere you go.

Health officials can use the information to contact you if you have been in the same area as a positive COVID-19 case.

Remember to:

  • Scan QR codes wherever you go.
  • Turn on Bluetooth tracing in the NZ COVID Tracer app — this helps keep track of the people you have been near.

Download NZ COVID Tracer app, and how to use it

Use your own paper notebook

If you will not use the app, keep track of where you’ve been with pen and paper, and sign paper registers when you visit places like shops.

Keep track of:

  • where you went
  • when you went there — date and time
  • who you met.

The NZ COVID Tracer booklet will be given to you when you arrive, or you can download and print one here:

Wear a face covering

Wear a face covering on all flights in New Zealand. If you do not have one, your airline will give you one.

You must also wear a face covering on public transport. We encourage you to wear one in places where physical distancing is not possible.

Who needs to wear a face covering

If you are unwell

If you feel unwell, stay where you are and call Healthline on 0800 611 116 for advice.

Get to know the Alert Levels

Make sure you know what to do at different Alert Levels. You can find information on this website.

About the Alert Level system

Travelling back to Niue

Currently, quarantine-free travel is only available one way, from Niue to New Zealand. The Government is preparing for quarantine-free travel from New Zealand to Niue, but there is no date for this yet.

The Niue Government must approve all people who want to travel to Niue, and the numbers of people entering Niue will be capped at 30 passengers per fortnight.

To get approval to travel, you must do the following:

  • Be eligible to travel to Niue.
  • Meet conditions set by the Niuean Government, including having been in New Zealand for 14 days before you depart.
  • If you are going to enter 14 days of quarantine in Niue, you must provide 1 negative COVID-19 test result within 4 working days of your scheduled departure.
  • If you are applying for 14 days of self-isolation, you must provide 2 negative COVID-19 test results — 4 working days before your scheduled departure, and 9 days before that.
  • Complete the exit health clearance process at Auckland International Airport.

Niue Health will confirm the dates of your COVID-19 tests with you when your travel is approved.

To find out if you can travel to Niue from New Zealand, email Niue.SecGov@mail.gov.nu

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